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Humanities educator

Joseph Baxter Trahern, American Humanities educator. Fulbright fellow Worcester College, Oxford, England, 1962-1963.


Trahern, Joseph Baxter was born on February 20, 1937 in Clarksville, Tennessee, United States. Son of Joseph Baxter and Margaret Dancey (Fort) Trahern.


Bachelor, Vanderbilt University, 1958; Master of Arts, Vanderbilt University, 1959; Master of Arts, Princeton University, 1962; Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1963.


Assistant Professor of English, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1963-1971; associate professor, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1971-1978; acting head Department, University Illinois, Urbana, 1976-1977; Professor of English, U. Tennessee, Knoxville, since 1978; head department English, U. Tennessee, Knoxville, 1978-1988; executive assistant to chancellor, U. Tennessee, Knoxville, 1989-1990; acting vice chancellor for academic affairs, U. Tennessee, Knoxville, 1990-1992. Member of advisory county department English Princeton University, since 1982, chair, 1984-1992.


The state should not use its authority to promote any particular religious belief. It should allow people practice their own religious convictions.


The demands of modern life may leave someone stressed and overloaded, or isolated and feeling useless. Be persistent, and success will be definitely achieved.


Trustee Webb School Knoxville, 1981-1987. Served to Second lieutenant United States Army, 1958-1959. Member Modern Language Association (Executive Committee Old English division 1982-1986), South Atlantic Modern Language Association (Executive Committee 1993-1995), Medieval Academy American (Haskins medal committee 1987-1990), New Chaucer Society, South Atlantic Association Depts.

English (Executive Committee 1986-1988), International Society Anglo-Saxonists (advisory board 1988-1991), Phi Beta Kappa (chapter president 1985-1986).


Married Marjorie ElizabethHawkins, August 29, 1958. Children: Sarah Margaret, Joseph Baxter III.

Joseph Baxter Trahern

Margaret Dancey (Fort) Trahern

Marjorie ElizabethHawkins

Sarah Margaret Trahern

Joseph Baxter III Trahern